Ocean Princess Review

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Originally built in 1999 as the fourth of a series of eight ships for Renaissance Cruises, which ceased operations in 2001, the former R4 was acquired by Princess Cruises and launched as Ocean Princess in 2002—a sister ship to Pacific Princess. After refurbishment, the ship retained its original midsize ambience and boutique-hotel style.

At 30,277 tons, these ships appear positively tiny beside their megaship fleetmates. In reality, they are medium-size ships that entered service for the now-defunct Renaissance Cruises. With their entry into the Princess lineup, real choice is available to Princess passengers—a true alternative for those who prefer the clubby atmosphere of a smaller boutique-style ship but with big-ship features galore.

These sister ships have cozy public spaces, a stunning observation lounge—where the view is visible through floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides—and some of the loveliest libraries at sea, with their domed trompe-l'oeil–painted ceilings, faux fireplaces, comfortable seating areas, and (most important) well-stocked bookshelves. Although the main show room isn't particularly suited for glitzy production-company performances, it is ideal for cabaret shows.

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